Man arrested for allegedly raping, blackmailing college mate

Mumbai: A 20-year-old student was arrested today for allegedly raping and blackmailing his college mate, police said today.

“The accused, identified as one Naushad Jabbar Sidhiki, and the 20-year-old victim were studying in the same college in suburban Bandra and also were both residents of the Dharavi area in Mumbai,” said DCP (Detection) Dhananjay Kulkarni.

According to the police, the accused had allegedly been “blackmailing the girl that he had some objectionable photos of her and demanded physical relations with him, else he would post the photos on social networking sites.”

The accused thereafter allegedly “raped the girl on several occasions over the last six months. He is also alleged to have raped her earlier this month on the terrace of a private building opposite to their college,” said Kulkarni.

The girl yesterday informed her mother about the alleged offence following which they approached Kherwadi police, who registered a complaint in this regard today.

Based on the complaint, Kherwadi police have arrested Sidhiki, the DCP said, adding that the accused was being questioned to ascertain whether he had committed similar offences with other girls.

The accused has been booked under Sections 376 (rape), 377, 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 504, 506 (criminal intimidation) of IPC and Section 67 of the IT Act, police said.